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Make an Appointment with The Business Division CTE counselors:
Jannette Noriega : Noriega_Jennette@sac.edu
Maria Rios: Rios_Maria@sac.edu​

 
Students who enroll in the Paralegal program will follow the catalog of 
their year of enrollment.  The present requirements starting Fall 2105 for the program are as follows:
 

 

PROGRAM OF STUDY

 

PARALEGAL DEGREE(sac.para.aa) A.A. Degree
(Formerly Paralegal Degree 0523)
This American Bar Association (ABA) approved program is designed to prepare students to work as a paralegal/Legal Assistant as defined by section 6450 of the California Business and Professions Code, who are qualified by education, who either contracts with or is employed by an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California, as defined in Section 6060, or an attorney practicing law in the federal courts of this state, that has been specifically delegated by the attorney to him or her.
 
This program is not designed to prepare students for the practice of law.
 
Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to:

 
1. Make ethical decisions in the workplace

 

1. Students will complete the Para 121 Ethics class
2. Students will incorporate ethical standards in the Law Office Management class through problem solving and discussion board discussions.
2. Understand legal concepts
1. Students will demonstrate legal concepts in the legal specialty classes through examination and practical exercises.
2. Students will draft law office memorandum and appellate briefs in the Advanced Legal Writing class incorporating analysis of legal concepts.
3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing
1. Students will draft law office memorandum.
2. Students will use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
3. Students will create client correspondence.
4. Be proficient in using legal technology
1. Students will demonstrate the use of the Microsoft suite Word, PowerPoint and Excel) in their completion of assignments.
2. Students will complete assignments using legal specific software.
5. Exhibit critical thinking skills
1. Students will analyze cases related to the legal specialty classes.
2. Students will analyze fact patterns to demonstrate the application of legal concepts to fact patterns.

Note: Students must complete the program within 5 years or repeat any legal specialty courses which were completed more than 5 years prior to graduation. Legal specialty courses subject to this requirement are marked with an asterisk. It is further
recommended that students complete as much of their general education as possible prior to enrolling in legal specialty courses.  All courses must be passed with a C grade or better with the exception of Paralegal 297, which is pass/no pass.

Paralegal Degree (sac.para.aa)
Specific General Education Requirements for Degree

The ABA additionally specifies that a student must complete a minimum of 18 semester units of ABA approved general education courses in the areas of language and composition, mathematics, social science and behavioral sciences, natural sciences,
humanities and the arts. This excludes courses in physical education, counseling, performing arts, accounting, computer science, technical writing, business mathematics, keyboarding and business law. Students are urged to seek counseling prior to enrollment
to insure that college general education choices satisfy this requirement.

Major requirements for students seeking the degree.

Note: Students must complete the program within 5 years or repeat any legal specialty courses which were completed more than 5 years prior to graduation. Legal specialty courses subject to these requirements are marked with an asterisk (*).
Students must take Paralegal 100 prior to or concurrently with other legal specialty courses except Paralegal 120 and Para 107.

Core Courses:

PARA 100 The Paralegal Profession 3
PARA 101   Law Office Management 2
PARA 120 * Computers in the Law Office 4
PARA 121   Ethics and Professional Responsibility 2
PARA 145 * Civil Litigation Overview 4                                                                                                                              
PARA 146 * Tort Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution 4

PARA 150 * Legal Transactions 5
PARA 248   Advanced Research and Writing 3
PARA 246   Legal Research and Analysis 4
BUS 105      Legal Environment of Business 3
PARA 297 * The Professional Paralegal 2
Effective Fall 2011: Paralegal 145 replaces 143 and 144.
Effective Fall 2013 Para 150 combines and replaces Para 130, 136 and 138. Para 146 combines and replaces Para 131 and 137.

Students must choose a minimum of 3 units from the legal elective courses.
Legal Electives:

PARA 107 Principles and Procedures in the Criminal Justice System 3
PARA 122  Elder Law 2
PARA 132  Family Law and Procedure 2
PARA 133  Workers Compensation Law and Procedure 2
PARA 134  Probate Law and Procedure 2
PARA 135  Bankruptcy Law and Procedure 2
PARA 138  Law of Business Organizations 2
PARA 139  Fundamentals of Labor Law 2
PARA 140  Immigration Law and Procedure 2
PARA 147  International Commercial Agreements and Distribution Law 1
PARA 148  International Intellectual Property Law 1
PARA 149  The Law of Global Commerce 1
PARA 299  Cooperative Work Experience Education 1 - 4
Note: Students must complete the program within 5 years or repeat any legal specialty courses which were completed more than 5 years prior to graduation. Legal specialty courses subject to this are marked with an asterisk (*).

Total Units 39 plus general education AA requirements. 


PROGRAM OF STUDY
Paralegal (sac.para.ca) Certificate of Achievement (Transcripted)
This American Bar Association (ABA) approved program is designed to prepare students to work as a paralegal/Legal Assistant as defined by section 6450 of the California Business and Professions Code, who are qualified by education, who either contracts with  or is employed by an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California, as defined in Section 6060, or an attorney practicing law in the federal courts of this state, that has been specifically delegated by the attorney to him or her.

This program is not designed to prepare students for the practice of law.

Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to:
1. Make ethical decisions in the workplace

1. Students will complete the Para 121 Ethics class
2. Students will incorporate ethical standards in the Law Office Management class through problem solving and discussion board discussions.
2. Understand legal concepts
1. Students will demonstrate legal concepts in the legal specialty classes through examination and practical exercises.
2. Students will draft law office memorandum and appellate briefs in the Advanced Legal Writing class incorporating analysis of legal concepts.
3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing
1. Students will draft law office memorandum.
2. Students will use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
3. Students will create client correspondence.
4. Be proficient in using legal technology
1. Students will demonstrate the use of the Microsoft suite Word, PowerPoint and Excel) in their completion of assignments.
2. Students will complete assignments using legal specific software.
5. Exhibit critical thinking skills
1. Students will analyze cases related to the legal specialty classes.
2. Students will analyze fact patterns to demonstrate the application of legal concepts to fact patterns.

Note: Students must complete the program within 5 years or repeat any legal specialty courses which were completed more than 5 years prior to graduation. Legal specialty courses subject to this requirement are marked with an asterisk. It is further. 

It is further recommended that students complete as much of their general education as possible prior to enrolling in legal specialty courses. All courses must be passed with a C grade or better with the exception of Paralegal 297, which is a pass/no pass.

Paralegal Certificate (sac.para.ca)

A paralegal certificate is available starting Fall 2015 under the following criteria.  See previous catalogs for prior year requirements.

A paralegal certificate is available to students who meet the 18 semester units of ABA approved general education courses from at least 3 disciplines in the areas of language and composition, mathematics, social sciences and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, humanities and arts who complete the paralegal course requirements as set forth below. (Note students with a AA degree or higher should have already completed the 18 general education units.)

The approved 18 units of general education courses excludes courses in kinesiology, counseling, performing arts, accounting, computer science, technical writing, business mathematics, keyboarding, and business law.  Students are urged to seek counseling prior to enrollment to insure their general education courses meet this requirement.

Major requirements for students seeking the certificate.

Note: Students must complete the program within 5 years or repeat any legal specialty courses which were completed more than 5 years prior to graduation. Legal specialty courses subject to these requirements are marked with an asterisk (*).

Core courses:

PARA 100 The Paralegal Profession 3
PARA 101   Law Office Management 2
PARA 120 * Computers in the Law Office 4
PARA 121 * Ethics and Professional Responsibility 2
PARA 145 * Civil Litigation Overview 4

PARA 146 * Tort Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution 4
PARA 150 * Legal Transactions 5
PARA 246 Legal Research and Analysis 4
PARA 248 Advanced Research and Writing 3
BUS 105 Legal Environment of Business 3
PARA 297 * The Professional Paralegal 2
Effective Fall 2011: Paralegal 145 replaces 143 and 144.
Effective Fall 2013 Para 150 combines and replaces Para 130, 136 and 138. Para 146 combines and replaces Para 131 and 137.

Students must choose a minimum of 3 units from the legal elective courses.
Legal Electives: Units:

PARA 107   Principles and Procedures in the Criminal Justice System 3
PARA 122   Elder Law 2
PARA 132   Family Law and Procedure 2
PARA 133   Workers Compensation Law and Procedure 2
PARA 134   Probate Law and Procedure 3
PARA 135   Bankruptcy Law and Procedure 2
PARA 139   Fundamentals of Labor Law 2
PARA 140   Immigration Law and Procedure 2
PARA 147   International Commercial Agreements and Distribution Law 1
PARA 148   International Intellectual Property Law 1
PARA 149   The Law of Global Commerce 1
PARA 299   Cooperative Work Experience Education 1

Note: Students must complete the program within 5 years or repeat any legal specialty courses which were completed more than 5 years prior to graduation. Legal specialty courses subject to this are marked with an asterisk (*).

Total Units 39




Updated 5/6/2015Paralegal_Brochure.pdfParalegal_Brochure.pdf​​

 
To view the Paralegal Program review and student learning outcomes, follow the link below:
 
/Program_Review/Business/Paralegal/

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